Sources hint at flexible US approach to Hamas
The US administration is to ease its hardline approach toward Hamas, in following the movement's growing political power in the Palestinian territories and appeals for flexibility from European allies, officials and diplomats said, according to Reuters.
The White House acceded to Hamas candidates in Palestinian elections, even though the Islamic Resistance Movement refused to disarm and Washington lists it as a key "terrorist" group.
The shift follows a behind-the-scenes effort by European allies, including Britain and France, for the White House to back off its call to dismantle Hamas completely. European officials warned Washington that doing so would be a "disaster" for Palestinians who benefited from Hamas aid, sources said.